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Richard Blais

A successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard-nominated cookbook author and television personality, perhaps most recognizable as a recurring judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and the winner of Top Chef All-Stars. Blais is a partner at the popular Juniper & Ivy and Crack Shack restaurants, which will be expanding in the coming months, including the now-open Encinitas location. Blais’ second cookbook, So Good, was released in May 2017, and his new television show, Man vs Master, will debut on the FYI Network in the fall. You may see Richard around town with his wife Jazmin and their two daughters, Riley and Embry. 


Favorite Local Restaurant: Alborz – Persian & Greek Cuisine

Favorite Travel Destinations: NYC and San Francisco 

Favorite Book: God Loves, Man Kills (X-Men graphic novel), Born Standing Up (Steve Martin bio), The Score Takes Care of Itself (Bill Walsh)

Favorite Movie: Anything by Wes Anderson, but Fantastic Mr. Fox is epic! I also love the Avengers movies

Favorite Beach: Del Mar, south of Power House and north of Torrey Pines

Favorite Hiking Trail: Torrey Pines

Favorite Way to Unwind: Long distance runs 

Favorite Wardrobe Staple: A comfortable navy t-shirt and brightly colored glasses 

Favorite Sports Team: Arsenal Football